November 2011

All-Time Roster, Promo Schedule, Worley, & More…

Welcome back to the “Philling You In” blog.

Earlier this week, I updated the R-Phils All-Time Roster.

If you would like to check out the new R-Phils All-Time Roster page, you can view it here. Enjoy!

It’s always fun to take a look back at some of the players that called Baseballtown home over the years. As I was updating the document, I was also looking through old photos, trying to find the right ones to add to this year’s edition. I kept a few of the photos from last year’s edition, but added a ton more. That’s one cool thing about the press box here, we have tons of photos! We also have tons of baseball cards too!

What’s your favorite baseball card? I remember collecting cards as a kid, and I loved it. I don’t think I ever out-grew baseball card collecting. I think it just got too out of hand with all of the different brands. Oh, and how about the fact that a pack of cards only has four cards now? Oh, and no gum, haha. Well, actually, that’s a good thing. That gum was horrible! Gum shouldn’t be crunchy.

So, it is the offseason, and one of the big topics around this time of year is the promo schedule.

Each year, the R-Phils staff compiles some of the best promotions in all of Minor League Baseball. Every Wednesday, at 8:00 AM, we discuss the promo schedule, and try to make it as awesome as possible. While I won’t give it away just yet, I must say — stay tuned, you are going to love it! We have some great ideas for the 2012 season.

One of the other topics this week was the National League Rookie of the Year award. Craig Kimbrel of the Atlanta Braves took home the honor after an impressvie season as the Braves’ closer. Kimbrel, 23, receieved all 32 first-place votes — winning the award unanimously. He set a Major League record for saves with 46 and had a 2.10 ERA.

The Braves also had Freddie Freeman earn votes. Freeman came in second place in the voting, behind his teammate.

Finishing third in the voting was former R-Phils starter Vance Worley — who enjoyed a solid season with the Phillies in 2011. Worley, 24, posted an 11-3 mark with a 3.01 ERA over 25 games (21 starts).

Worley spent 2009 and 2010 in Baseballtown, and combined to go 16-16 with a 4.43 ERA over 46 games (all starts). He was an Eastern League All-Star in both seasons. His best season of the two, came in 2010, when he went 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA, before earning a promotion to the Majors.

While he didn’t win the award, Worley was definitely worthy of it. The young right-hander has a bright future ahead. Good luck Vanimal — we loved having you here in Reading.

Toys for Tots Event a Success!

Welcome back to the “Philling You In” blog on this Monday morning!

On Sunday, the R-Phils hosted their 13th Annual Toys for Tots event at FirstEnergy Stadium, and the event was a huge success. Hundreds of Harley-riding fans flocked to America’s Classic Ballpark on Sunday for a great cause. After beginning at Classic Harley-Davidson, fans made their way to the stadium for a great event to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Program and the Children’s Home of Reading.

The weather was beautiful, the hot chocolate was hot, the hot dogs were delicious, the band was awesome, Santa was jolly, the Mitchell & Ness R-Phils Team Store was cozy, and the toys were aplenty — and it was all for a great cause.

It was nice to be a part of such a great event. It was the first time I was here for a Toys for Tots event, and I am glad I was able to be a part of it.

Check out the story from WFMZ TV:
Toys for Tots event kicks off“.

Check out today’s Reading Eagle:
Hundreds bear gifts to Toys for Tots event“.

Also, stay tuned for a great story from Service Electric, which will be airing this week. Big thanks to Chris Kulp and Courtney Molinaro for coming out for this event.

The holiday season is right around the corner. Stop by FirstEnergy Stadium this week, and throughout the offseason to do your holiday shopping.

Each week, we are donating 10% of our merchandise sales (both online and in-store) to a different organization, as part of our “Season of Giving”.

If you would like to help, swing by the Mitchell & Ness R-Phils Team Store today to donate to this week’s recipient — Toys for Tots. After that, there will be a new charitable organization (14 in all).

Here is the list:

First 7 “Season of Giving” Participants:
November 6-11 – Toys for Tots
November 12 -18 – Special Olympics
November 19-25 – Olivet Boys & Girls Club
November 26 – December 2 – PA Breast Cancer Coalition
December 3 –9 – YMCA
December 10-16 – Hawk Mountain Boy Scout Council
December 17-23 – Literacy Council of Reading

Also, I just want to say good job to R-Phils merchandising manager Jason Yonkovitch and R-Phils community relations director Matt Hoffmaster for all of their hard-work. Jason (aka Yocko as he is known around the office), even made an appearance on TV! Good job fellas!

We’ll see you at America’s Classic Ballpark this offseason!

What’s Happening?

Welcome back to the Philling You In blog. It’s been a busy week, so I will try to answer the question “What’s Happening”?

First, although I put a photo up of the great TV show “What’s Happening”, we won’t be talking about that today. You can write me about it, if you want. It was one of my favorite shows back in the day. Remember Shirley?

Anyways, so what’s really happening around the Phillies organization? There has been tons of talk of managers this week, and none more than the story about Mark Parent becoming the new bench coach of the White Sox. The R-Phils will indeed have a new manager in 2012 — giving them a different manager for the third-straight season. Parent took the club to the playoffs, and did a great job in Reading. You can read my feature on him here: “Parent Made the Most of His Time in Reading.”

The big news that hit today was from Baseball America, who named their Top 10 prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. There is a new #1 prospect in the Phillies organization.

Check back each day for a write-up of each of the Top 10. I have listed all 10 below, and will begin here today with the #1 prospect:

1.) Trevor May – May solidified himself as the top pitching prospect in the organization after a solid 2011 season with Clearwater. The Kelso, WA native posted a 10-8 mark with a 3.63 ERA in 27 starts. May, 22, also became the first Phillies Minor League pitcher to fan over 200 batters in a season. He ended the season with 208 strikeouts in 151.1 innings pitched.

On June 22, May struck-out a season-high 14 batters over seven scoreless innings. He had nine or more strikeouts in a game 10 times, and led the FSL in strikeouts over teammate Julio Rodriguez, who had 40 less on the season (208 to 168). May was also the league leader in shutouts (2), and was among the league leaders in complete games (finished in a tie for second), games started (finished in a tie for second), and innings pitched (finished third).

May, a 6’5″, 215-pound right-hander, enjoyed a breakout season in 2011. He was the Florida State League’s Pitcher of the Week twice, he was Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June, and he was named as the best pitcher in the Phillies system in Septemeber, as he received the Paul Owens Award in September.

2. Jesse Biddle

3. Sebastian Valle

4. Jonathan Pettibone

5. Phillippe Aumont

6. Freddy Galvis

7. Justin De Fratus

8. Brody Colvin

9. Jiwan James

10. Maikel Franco